A three-week-old baby dies in Qatar after contracting covid

  • According to the health authorities, the newborn had no previous hereditary diseases

A three-week-old baby has died in Qatar as a result of a “serious infection” after contracting covid-19, the Gulf country’s Ministry of Health announced today in a statement. Mortality from the coronavirus is very limited among children, but health authorities in several countries have registered more cases of infection among them since the spread of the omicron variant.

The baby “had no other health problems or known hereditary diseases,” according to the statement, which recalls that he is the second minor to die from this disease in Qatar since the start of the pandemic. “A greater number of children are infected in the current wave and require more medical attention,” according to the same source.

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The daily number of infections in Qatar has hovered around 4,000 in recent days, 20 times more than the figures announced in mid-December.

At the end of December, the main group of public hospitals in the country suspended the license of all its medical and administrative personnel who work with covid patients due to the increase in cases of contagion. In total, Qatar, a country of 2.6 million people, has officially recorded almost 300,000 cases, including some 600 deaths.

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